Seattle Seahawks 2016 Depth Chart Notes
There is a chapter closed in Seattle, as Marshawn Lynch has officially stepped away from football. We got a solid glimpse of the future of the backfield for Seattle, as Thomas Rawls rushed for 830 yards on 147 carries (5.6 YPC). He also tacked on five total touchdowns. Rawls is just 22 years old, and is in his second season out of Central Michigan. While both backs of Rawls and C.J. Prosise are banged up heading into camp, both should be fine for week one. Remember, Rawls fractured his ankle last season. Rawls is an intriguing fantasy option, especially given he had 22 carries per game when Lynch was out last season. The run game has always been favored in Seattle, so a heavy workload for the backs could be in order. Prosise and Christine Michael will battle for the number two spot behind Rawls. Prosise has had a setback with injury, but should gain some steam in camp. This is an interesting trio for fantasy purposes.
The passing game was huge in the second half last season, and Doug Baldwin was the beneficiary, with a 78-1069-14 line come the end of the season. Outside of Baldwin, Jimmy Graham was the big name, but took a step backwards before injuring his knee. Graham had just 605 yards on 48 catches for two touchdowns. There is a lot of buzz surrounding Tyler Lockett heading into 2016, which could damper the expectations of a rebound season for Graham. We knew the fantasy downside would occur, but this bad? If healthy, he will be a roll of the dice most weeks, as the wide receiver core could become the focus in the passing game.